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Fake robocall threat sends first responders to NHHS campus

First responders raced to North Henderson High School at noon Thursday after what turned out to be a false report of an active shooter on campus, the Henderson County Sheriff’s office said.

At the Henderson County 911 center received a “robo” call falsely reporting the threat at 12:03 p.m. North Henderson High School and the adjoining Apple Valley Middle School were immediately placed in lockdown per protocol by school officials.

Law officers responded and within minutes were able to confirm there was no incident occurring on either campus and that all students and faculty were safe. The incident was almost identical to other “robo” calls that have occurred at approximately fifteen other high schools across the nation in recent days, the sheriff's office. Because the robocall active shooter incidents are occurring nationwide, federal, state and local authorities from numerous agencies are investigating.

The Raleigh News & Observer reported that the prank threats were reported Thursday in multiple counties, including Wake, Durham, Mecklenburg, New Hanover, Alamance, Forsyth and Cumberland, and WLOS-TV reported that Brevard High School had also been victimized by a fake threat.